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Student-kidnapped close-to Nigerian Army base

Nigeria student kidnapping near Kaduna army base

Student-kidnapped close-to Nigerian Army base

Gunmen have abducted dozens of students.

from a college in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna,

authorities say. The attackers stormed the institution in the

town of Mando overnight. State authorities say that 180 students

and staff were rescued by the Nigerian army in the early hours of Friday,

but about 30 students remain missing. It is not yet clear who was

behind the raid on the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation,

which is located near a military training academy.

About 800 students have been seized since

December in several raids on schools

in northern Nigeria. They have all been released after

negotiations with the gunmen.

Student-kidnapped close-to Nigerian Army base
Parents and relatives gathered at the college

Parents and relatives gathered

at the college on Friday morning to wait for news on the

fate of their children. Some residents said when they

heard the kidnappers’ gunfire overnight at the college,

they thought it was a military exercise at the military institution.

Witnesses say when the military arrived in the school compound,

the attackers had left. Now troops with tanks

and helicopters have been deployed to try to

rescue the abductees. The BBC’s Ishaq Khalid

in Abuja says this is the first such attack on a college on

the outskirts of a major city most previous abductions

from schools happened in remote areas. Our reporter says

the audacious attack so close to a military site comes as an

Student-kidnapped close-to Nigerian Army base – embarrassment for the Nigerian authorities,

who keep assuring citizens they are trying to

tackle the county’s insecurity. Both the

federal government and the Kaduna state government

say they are averse to negotiations with armed gangs,

many of whom profit from weak security infrastructure

through ransom payments after kidnappings.

A recent report released by Kaduna state authorities

said nearly 3,000 people in the state were killed or

abducted by criminal gangs last year.

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